NBA: 5 Teams to Watch In 2013-14
5 NBA Teams to Watch this Season
With so many offseason changes and the powers shifting in the NBA landscape, it’s a great time to look at the some of the top teams to watch in the 2013-14 season.
The NBA is an exciting league by nature, but there are always a few teams that stand out more than others. It’s a league full of superstars that capture the hearts of millions of fans all around the world and without a league of true superstars, it would be very hard for the league to be successful.
Fans love to see high-flying rim-snatching dunks, trash talking, clutch moments and high-scoring multiple-overtime games. If given the choice to watch a blowout game or a down-to-the-wire nail-biter, the latter would be preferable.
However, with 30 teams to choose from, which teams are worth watching the most? Who should the average fan follow throughout the entire 2013 season? Each team brings something different to the table, but some teams bring a little more than others.
Once the NBA season rolls around, these are the squads that should make you change your plans and get in front of a television set right away. If you can’t watch the game at home because of your cable provider, get to your local sports bar because there’s no reason to miss any of these teams. You don't want to be the one who has to catch highlights the next day.
Want to know which five teams you should keep on your DVR radar? I've got you covered.
5. Houston Rockets
The Houston Rockets orchestrated a ton of transactions this offseason, including one of the biggest deals of the summer – signing Dwight Howard. Howard left Los Angeles to join James Harden, Jeremy Lin and a host of others on their quest for a championship ring. This a young team with talent at several positions, a great coach in Kevin McHale and will be the favorites to come out on top in the west.
4. Cleveland Cavaliers
The Cleveland Cavaliers have gone through a lot since the loss of LeBron James. Former Rookie of the Year Kyrie Irving has been plagued with injury problems and the team has struggled without him. However, after a lot of shaking and moving during the offseason, it looks like the team is ready to compete for playoff contention.
The Cavs were awarded the no. 1 pick in the draft and decided to pick up forward Anthony Bennett from UNLV. Also, by way of free agency, they were able to acquire Andrew Bynum, Jarrett Jack and Earl Clark. Their roster gives them the flexibility to play both big and small lineups. I’m not saying championships just yet, but with these key additions, along with Dion Waiters, Tristan Thompson and Cody Zeller, this Cavs team should be interesting to see nonetheless.
3. Los Angeles Clippers
Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin recently sat down with ESPN’s Shelley Smith and said, “Lob City doesn’t exist anymore. Lob City is done.” Come on Mr. Griffin, we don’t believe you – you need more people.
So why should you still watch the Clippers sans Lob City? Because Doc Rivers, arguably one of the best coaches of all time, is coaching the Clippers. He brings a lot of experience, along with a championship pedigree that will help lead them throughout the wide open west. On top of that, players respect him. Moreover, they’ve added great shooters in J.J. Redick and Jared Dudley who will help open up the floor for Griffin.
They've re-signed Matt Barnes and DeAndre Jordan is still around to clog up the paint.
Not to mention, Chris Paul is back for another five years.
He’s kind of a big deal.
2. Brooklyn Nets
The Brooklyn Nets got a tad older, wiser and more experienced this offseason. Billy King, general manager of the Nets, raised a lot of eyebrows by hiring Jason Kidd, a 10-time NBA All-Star and one-time NBA champion, just nine days after announcing his retirement from basketball in June. King didn’t stop there either. He proceeded to execute the blockbuster deal of the summer by signing Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, Jason Terry and Andrei Kirilenko to join Deron Williams, Brook Lopez and Joe Johnson. This team is expected to be one of the favorites to dethrone LeBron James and the Miami Heat.
They’re skipping the regular season and talking championships already. Can you blame them? Father time is right around the corner from Terry, Garnett and Pierce – their window of opportunity is closing by the second.
Brooklyn vs. Miami screams must-see TV.
1. Chicago Bulls
Chicago finished last season 45-37 without their former MVP Derrick Rose and made it to the second round of the playoffs before falling to Miami 4-1. Rose is back with a vengeance and ready to bring a seventh championship to the city of Chicago.
Although the Bulls didn’t have any major acquisitions, they were able to bring in veteran sharpshooter Mike Dunleavy Jr. who will be looked to create space from the outside, as well as re-signing of backup center Nazr Mohammed who will provide valuable minutes off the bench.
Marco Belinelli and Nate Robinson signed with other teams and will be greatly missed by some fans; however, the emergence of Jimmy Butler and acquisition of Dunleavy will cushion the blow.
Barring any injuries, the Bulls have a legitimate title shot this season.